Following Qantas and British Airways, Virgin Australia will eliminate the ability of Velocity Platinum and Gold members to use their airport lounges without flying. Platinum and Gold card holders will still enjoy ‘anytime access.’ While useful in meeting or seeing off colleagues, Virgin found the privilege being abused by some members, especially those who took advantage of their Virgin Australia Velocity status match against Qantas Platinum or Gold card but never flew with Virgin, and instead used its lounges like a private club. Virgin is introducing new card swipe terminals which allow lifetime lounge members and those with Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent flyer cards to enter the lounges without queuing up at reception.
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Virgin Australia axes unlimited ‘anytime access’ to airport lounges